Senate Finance Committee votes 8-1 for PawSox stadium bill

Senate Finance Committee votes 8-1 for PawSox stadium bill

PROVIDENCE – The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 8-1 on Tuesday to approve a bill authorizing some state financing for a new $83 million Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in downtown Pawtucket.

Republican Coventry Sen. Nicholas Kettle voted against the bill, which was revised following numerous finance hearings last year.

“We are pleased with tonight’s action by the Senate Finance Committee," said the PawSox in a statement "We commend Senate President (Dominick) Ruggerio and Chairman (William) Conley for their leadership roles with respect to this enabling legislation for the Pawtucket ballpark bills. Now we await the next step in this process with the vote on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Jan. 16.”

Said Ruggerio, “This is an opportunity to keep a beloved franchise in our state and to jump-start economic development in downtown Pawtucket."

After an expected vote of approval in the full Senate, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has said the House Finance Committee will hold a full and fair hearing on the matter, but has said he still has reservations about the proposal.